Habits To Avoid
You may not realize it, but the way you drive can have a lot to do with how long your tires will last and how well they perform. As you head down the road, there are a number of things to keep in mind:
Take it easy. Avoid hard cornering, rapid accelerations, and abrupt braking and stopping. They put a lot of stress on your tires. Smooth, safe driving is better for your tires — and for you, too.
Watch out for overloading. Driving on an overloaded tire is hazardous. When your car is carrying too much, the weight can create excessive heat inside your tires — and that can cause sudden tire failure. Never exceed the maximum load rating of your tires, which you can find on the sidewall of the tire, in the owner’s manual, or on the vehicle’s placard. When you replace a tire, make sure the new one has a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than the tires that originally came with your vehicle.
Sudden Vibration or Ride Disturbance – If the vehicle experiences a sudden vibration or ride disturbance and/or there is a possibility that the tires and/or vehicle have been damaged, gradually reduce speed. Do not abruptly brake or turn. Drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road. Stop and inspect your vehicle and tires. If a tire is underinflated or damaged, deflate and replace it with the spare tire. If a cause cannot be detected, the vehicle should be towed to the nearest vehicle or tire dealer for an inspection.
Driving on a damaged tire is dangerous. A damaged tire can suddenly fail, leading to situations that may result in serious personal injury or death. Tires should be regularly inspected by a qualified tire service professional.